John P. Kellogg, Esq., is Assistant Chair of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and an entertainment lawyer. An author and talent judge for the Emmy Award winning Community Auditions, he is also a radio and television music business commentator. John has represented recording artists Levert, The O’Jays, Eddie Levert, Sr., LSG, Stat Quo of Shady/Aftermath Records, G-Dep of Bad Boy Records and served as a member of the management team for late R&B recording star Gerald Levert, whom he represented throughout his career. Kellogg, board member and past president of Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA) he is a former board member of Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyer’s Association (BESLA) and a 2005 inductee into the BESLA Hall of Fame. He has been profiled in Billboard, Ebony, Black Issues, and In the Black magazines and was named to the 2009 Ebony Power 150 list of African-American Organization Leaders. He is licensed in the states of New York and Ohio.
“When I first started out as an entertainer, I was doing what I wanted to do ---performing in and around the northeastern United States, Syracuse, upstate New York, Canada, and New York City. My life changed when the leader of Cameo called and asked me to join his group in the studio in midtown Manhattan to record with them on their first album. I was there in a flash!
I soon learned it was the business side of music I had to concentrate on if I was going to attain true success and decided to apply to law school. I chose a nearly unheard of discipline: entertainment law. My father, who was also a lawyer, asked me“what are you thinking?” Entertainment law was new territory, but choosing that path was the best move I’ve ever made.
I still perform and write but today my focus is on sharing the information I’ve learned (and continue to learn every day through my ongoing educational efforts) with my students and clients -- reminding them 'every time the music gets played, somebody gets paid' and what it takes to get paid and stay in the music business.”
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